How to Choose Sunglasses That Fit You

Written by  //  May 18, 2013  //  Fashion, For Mens, For Womens  //  2 Comments

Sunglasses istockIf you've been closely following twitter feeds of sunglasses designers and manufacturers like Luxottica or Persol you might have noticed that there are many diverse and exciting sunglasses out on the market this year. And in order to choose the right pair of sunglasses, from both a stylistic and practical point of view, you will need to consider several different aspects. Remember that everyone is different and so what looks good on one person may not look good on you. Have a look at the brief guide below in order to make a more informed decision the next time you need to update your wardrobe with a new pair of shades.

1. Do they suit your face shape?

Identifying your own face shape and then making a decision based on this is very important if you wish to choose a pair of sunglasses that genuinely suits you. The general rule is to try to counter, as opposed to enhance, your face's natural characteristics, while not overstating the contrast. For example, if you have a square-, diamond- or triangle-shaped face then you should opt for oval or round frames that will offset your natural angles and soften your face. Likewise, if you have a round- or oblong-shaped face, you should look for more angular frames that will add sharpness and definition.

different face shapes

2. Are they proportional?

Choosing sunglasses to complement the size of your face is also very important. You should avoid frames that either overwhelm or are overwhelmed by your features. If in doubt, go for a bigger pair over a smaller pair; they tend to look better and will provide you with greater protection from the Sun. Your body type will also play a role here with bigger builds being complemented by thinner frames and slighter builds being enhanced by chunkier models. Remember that when purchasing a pair of sunglasses, you should check the fit as well as the look. Your sunglasses should be tight enough not to fall off when you look down but should not pinch or be uncomfortable in any way.

3. Lens type

Though you may select a lens color for style reasons alone, there are some important things you should bear in mind if you want to choose a pair of shades that are both stylish and practical. Grey lenses are the best everyday lenses and provide the truest color representation available. Orange and tan lenses are better used when the sky is overcast, in foggy weather or in flat light, and are ideal for skiers and others who rely on visual acuity in variable conditions. Polarized lenses will protect your eyes from glare and are thus useful for those in close or constant proximity to water, road surfaces and snow.

Though there is a vast range of sunglasses available on the market, by considering face shape, size and lifestyle, you can pick a perfect pair every time.

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